New LED technology is focusing on supporting our natural circadian rhythms to promote wellness - "Home Wellness" is the concept. A recent Forbes article noted this as a 2019 building trend, declaring "This new technology, also called human centric or tunable lighting, produces indoor illumination that more closely matches natural light in its warmth and, paired with home automation, shifts through the day with the sun to ease the impact of artificial light on the human body." With growing photobiology research, we're learning our light fixtures can transcend simple aesthetics and actually improve health by mimicking natural lighting conditions throughout the day. According to Bios Lighting, "Circadian Rhythm manages the timing of many of the body’s most critical functions including the production of testosterone, growth hormone, cortisol, and melatonin. These items affect our mental and physical health, our mood, our energy and our overall well-being."
Studies show improvement in alertness, mood, and cognitive processing as a result of circadian lighting -- and better sleep.
Australian comany Delos offers a host of home "wellness intelligence" services, from circadian lighting to air and water filtration.
Ketra is one company offering this type of lighting system. You may also wish to simply try Philips' sceneswitch:
A sweet bundled lemon cypress (often available at grocery stores) makes a great hostess gift or table centerpiece! Easy to wrap in kraft paper or fabric and tie with string.
After this week's storm, gather up some pine cones and mini pom poms to make these festive and playful "trees" to entertain the little ones.
Need a last minute stocking stuffer or just some chocolate to get you through? We highly recommend local Joe's Chocolates (all varieties) - "just for grownups" we like to say when asked to share :) Pasta & Co and Bartell's are among the retailers stocking these.
And if you need just a touch more festive in any corner of your home, a little branch plucked from the yard placed in one of your clear vases looks amazing.
Luxury co-living spaces seems to be gaining in popularity - particularly among millennials, according to this article by MarketWatch. In cities like New York, LA, and London, it's catching on - and there's even a development in Seattle's Capitol Hill.
Here's an excerpt from the MarketWatch article:
Call it a co-living space, call it a commune, or just call it home.
Whatever you call it, one thing is clear: High-end co-living -- in which big groups of people live together and share well-designed communal spaces and luxe amenities -- is all the rage among millennials. Typically, these co-living developments -- which have popped up in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco -- offer small, fully-furnished studios or bedrooms for residents, with the big draw being large shared living spaces and perks like organized group events and weekly housekeeping that includes clean linens and refreshed toiletries and kitchen supplies.
“It’s like living in a dorm again, but more mature. It’s great,” said video game designer and developer Chris McGlade, 24, who lives in an Ollie co-living space in New York City after graduating from college in Boston.
One of the companies offering co-living (Ollie) boasts "Cost Savings, Convenience, Comfort, & Community".
The designs and spaces are really beautiful! What do you think?
Dwell did a piece on this kind of shared housing as well. Click here to read it.
We're helping our clients buy this stunning luxury home by respected Chaffey Building Group. Contemporary design, lake views, and totally tech savvy with voice activated features for sound, lighting, and security. We are so pleased to welcome this family to Kirkland where they will soon be just a block from the lake and an easy walk to all the fun of downtown Kirkland!
We helped our clients buy this stunning custom home with massive living spaces and exquisite finishes that offered this large family loads of space, yet still felt entirely warm, cozy, and welcoming. A sweet spot within the Houghton neighborhood, this quiet setting is is perched perfectly above Lake Washington and has a wonderful neighborhood feel - and it's close to everything this family wanted - parks, schools, shopping, and Starbucks!
We helped our longtime clients purchase this storybook home on an incredible nearly 1/2 acre lot to accommodate their expanding family. In addition to the huge, park like backyard, this home enjoys timeless East Coast appeal, amazing lake views, and shared waterfront -- which also make this a fantastic investment. With our clients' experience in renovation and their great design style, this will surely become an icon of Rose Point when their vision is complete.
Bryon and I had the pleasure of working with Dan and Karlyn last fall when they purchased a new home in Houghton - it was in the exact location they wanted and had the spectacular lake views that were so important to them. The kitchen was already renovated, and before moving in, they extended the hardwood floors to the master and refinished all the hardwoods. But around the corner, the master bath project was still lurking. We are pleased to report that Dan & Karlyn are now at completion of this project, and the end result is beautiful! Including the massive walk in closet with custom built-ins by our fave, Organized Spaces. These two were kind enough to share some before and after photos, so we're sharing with you: